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Genesis 6, LT Wright Knives

Best survival knife? L.T. Wright Genesis 6 proves itself on ‘Alone’

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The L.T. Wright Genesis is one of my go-to bushcraft knives. So it took some convincing that it could be improved upon. If you’re looking for the ultimate bushcraft knife, the Genesis 6 is worth considering.

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The survival medicine handbook

Which Survival Books are Worth Reading?

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Can you depend on survival books to learn new skills? Here’s what to look for.

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How to: Make a skinny wallet a survival tool

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I already have too much stuff in my wallet – how do I carry survival gear without making it even thicker? Here’s how.

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Review: Pak-Lite compact backpacker/survival nine volt LED flashlight

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A good, reliable flashlight is essential, IMHO. And getting one that is light, convenient to carry and reliable means you will most likely take it along on dayhikes or longer excursions. I found this Pak-Lite at a preparedness show, and it is worth taking a look at.

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These three long guns are good, reliable choices for the beginner with no experience.

Video: The top three firearms choices for beginner outdoorspeople

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A consistent ” Where do I start?” firearms question keeps coming in from newcomers. If you don’t have any firearms, what should you buy and what do you need? Here are my top three choices.

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myCharge featured photo, mCharge Ultra

Prepare for bad weather power outages with reliable rechargeable batteries

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When bad weather hits, the power grid may go down, leaving you with a dead phone, computer, lights etc. A good re-chargeable battery can make all the difference.

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Should a Walking Stick Be Part of Your Survival Gear?

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“Although the vast majority of walkers never even think of using a walking staff, I unhesitatingly include it among the foundations of the house that travels on my back. I still take my staff along almost as automatically as I take my pack. It is a third leg to me – and much more besides.” – Colin Fletcher, The Complete Walker III, 1984 (page 78)

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A2 steel | Is it the best choice for your knife blade?

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A knife with inferior steel is a waste of money. But paying too much for the blade steel when you don’t need it may also be wasteful. What steel will work best for your hunting/ bushcraft/ survival cutlery needs? Don’t overlook A2 for your next knife.

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best point and shoot camera

What is the best camera for point-and-shoot outdoor use?

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You want quality photos, but also a durable, waterproof camera that can take a beating. What is a good point-and-shoot camera for taking everywhere? 

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Hillsound Trail Crampons can be used successfully in urban setting as well as in the mountains.

Hillsound Trail Crampons | Try these so you won’t slip on icy surfaces

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More of us will shovel driveways and sidewalks than traverse glaciers and Himalayan trails. These crampons can help you do both safely.

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